Our student stories
My journey to Oxford
“I was the first person in my school to apply.” Hear from Mohamed, Taiwo, Jessy and Fis about their experiences of applying to Oxford, and the initiatives that helped them to get here.
Investing in the future – UNIQ to give 500 extra students the chance of Oxford success
From next summer Oxford’s UNIQ summer school intake will expand by over 50%, from 850 students to 1,350 a year. The largest of its kind offered by a single university, this initiative gives disadvantaged pupils a greater chance of gaining an Oxford place.
There’s as much of a place for you here as there is for anyone else.” Olivia, Ebruba, Erin and Ash talk about their initial experiences of Oxford, and why they’re so passionate about encouraging others to apply.
From Libya to Oxford
Originally born in Libya, and having grown up in Cardiff, Mohamed now calls Oxford home. He credits UNIQ and an inspirational teacher for influencing his decision to apply and is a proud member of Oxford’s Islamic Society. More on UNIQ…
“The interactions that you have with teachers heavily influences you.” Akash, Emily, Mohamed, Olivia and Fis have had first-hand experience of the key role a teacher or mentor can play in encouraging you to aim higher.
Emily was the first person in her family to apply to any university. She worried about student finance until she found out about the Moritz Heyman scholarship. Find out more about the support Oxford offers…
Born in Saudi Arabia and growing up in India, Ash initially struggled in school – especially in English lessons. She hadn’t realised just how talented she was at languages until she was inspired by a tutor from the Oxnet initiative. Discover Oxnet…
Ebruba was so committed to coming to Oxford, that when he didn’t achieve the marks required initially, he took a year out to re-sit. He’s passionate about helping others to apply and supports a number of outreach initiatives. Read about Target Oxbridge…
The first person in her family to come to Oxford – although Erin’s gran says ‘she gets all her brains from me’ – Erin is now involved in encouraging women to continue in higher education – particularly budding young mathematicians. Discover Oxford…
Teaching for the future
The first from his family to attend university, Akash worked as a ‘Teach First’ teacher for two years before studying for a DPhil at Oxford and is driven by inspiring those who have a passion for their subject to apply. How to teach first…